I expect to see some priced under $10 once they become readily available. I also expect I'll end up paying triple or more to buy one in person rather than order one from China in order to avoid waiting, sigh.
That's the problem, any local stores thoroughout Canada will be charging several times the online price. I'm not sure if the US and Europe would be the same. In fact, triple the online price is the absolute minimum I expect it to be. If they're available online for $10 seeing them in stores for $50 wouldn't be surprising. Hopefully that won't generate them any sales and I'm wrong.
Hmm if x3jailbreak come to thier word and it is real then that backs up the standard USB flashdrive theory and explains why the clones were made so quick.
It doesn't make much sense to me for sony to make a device that is not easily reproduce able and since 256mb or smaller usb sticks are very cheap. Since sony needed to mitigate cost as much as possible on the ps3 cheap + easy = $$$ to them.
Its probably a usb stick+ps3 partition+special file.
edit: partition take anywhere from 64-bits to 1 kilobyte so 256 kilobytes would be plenty of space.